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Showtime Orders Third Seasons For UNITED STATES OF TARA And NURSE JACKIE!!

I am – Hercules “Jersey Shore” is MTV’s master now. The channel is giving fake reality bore-fest “The Hills” the boot after six seasons -- even as “The Real World” is shooting its 24th season in New Orleans and the channel is about to launch “Fresh Meat II,” the 19th edition of “The Real World Road Rules Challenge.” And the each member of the "Jersey" cast is reportedly getting more than $10,000 per episode to return for the show's second season. On the other side of the coin, Showtime has given third seasons to both Diablo Cody’s “The United States of Tara” and Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky’s “Nurse Jackie” after airing only a single second-season episode of each. Look! Press release!
JACKIE AND TARA COMING BACK FOR THIRDS SHOWTIME Gives Its Hit Dark Comedy Series NURSE JACKIE and UNITED STATES OF TARA Third Season Pick Ups LOS ANGELES, CA March 25, 2010 – On the heels of record ratings for their second season debuts, two of SHOWTIME’S critically and audience acclaimed original comedy series NURSE JACKIE and the Emmy® winning UNITED STATES OF TARA, have both been renewed for a third season. Both half-hour comedy series have received 12 episode orders and will go into production later in the year. The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. "SHOWTIME is enormously proud of these two series starring two of the best actresses working today,” said Greenblatt. “Both are iconic shows for our brand and our thanks to the dedicated producers, cast, and crews who work so hard to make them so great. Edie Falco's portrayal of the fierce 'Jackie' is another extraordinary example of her range and brilliance, and recent Emmy® and Golden Globe® wins for Toni Collette in her tour de force role as a woman with multiple personalities put her in a class by herself. Strong women will continue to rule on this network for a long time to come." The first season of SHOWTIME’s hit dark comedy series NURSE JACKIE starring Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco was both an audience and critical success, culminating with its selection as one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Series of 2009 and Golden Globe® and SAG award nominations for Edie Falco. At the end of last season, Jackie’s (Edie Falco) struggle to keep her dual lives appeared to be in jeopardy as Eddie (Paul Schulze) discovered the truth about her marriage and children. Season two picks up a few months after she has cut ties with Eddie and all seems well in Jackie’s world as she is determined to spend more time with her husband (Dominic Fumusa) and two daughters (Ruby Jerins, Mackenzie Aladjem). With Eddie out of the picture both personally and professionally, her access to drugs has diminished, but her cravings have not. Last season, Jackie’s extreme measures to keep her life on balance was a high wire act. In season two, the wire only gets higher. Season 2 of the series also stars Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Facinelli. Ruby Jerins and Mackenzie Aladjem guest star and Stephen Wallem and Arjun Gupta co-star. NURSE JACKIE was created by Evan Dunsky and Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem. NURSE JACKIE is co-produced by Lionsgate and Showtime Networks Inc. UNITED STATES OF TARA stars Toni Collette, in her Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning role as Tara, a woman who juggles being a suburban wife, mother and sister while also having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Dave Finkel and Brett Baer and created and executive produced by Academy® Award winner Diablo Cody, the series delves into how a family copes with the various personalities that may appear on any given day, including “Buck,” a gun-toting Vietnam vet and “Alice,” a Betty Crocker homemaker who thinks baking is the answer to all problems. John Corbett also stars as “Max” her supportive husband who tries to keep the family together and “Kate” (Brie Larson) and “Marshall” (Keir Gilchrist) are her children who just wish their mother was a bit more “normal.” UNITED STATES OF TARA is produced by Showtime Networks Inc. in association with DreamWorks Television. About Showtime Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNELTM and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME® TOOTM, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE® and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HDTM, SHOWTIME ON DEMANDTM and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMANDTM. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME® PPV. About Lionsgate Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH Entertainment and an array of channel platform assets. Lionsgate has nearly 20 television series airing or scheduled to air on 11 different networks from its in-house production operations, through distribution by Debmar-Mercury or as part of its ISH Entertainment joint venture. Its programming roster is headed by such critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows as “Mad Men,” “ Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Crash,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Meet The Browns,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and “Paris Hilton's My New BFF.” Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. About DreamWorks DreamWorks Television is a division of DreamWorks SKG which was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. DreamWorks Television is currently in production on seasons five and six of "Rescue Me" on FX, season one of the reality series "Wedding Day" for TNT and the pilot for the ABC comedy "Single with Parents" starring Alyssa Milano, Beau Bridges and Annie Potts. In the longform arena, DreamWorks Television and co-production partner Playtone are in post production on "The Pacific" for HBO. The division previously produced the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated "Into The West" for TNT as well as the Emmy® Award winning "Taken" for the SciFi Channel. Other past DreamWorks Television projects include: " Spin City ," "Band of Brothers," "Father of the Pride," "Freaks and Geeks," "The Job," "Boomtown," "Undeclared," "Carpoolers," "The Contender" and " Las Vegas ."
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  • March 25, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    FIRST FUCERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JaredP

    finally mtv cancels the biggest douchebag fest of all time suck on it spencer!!!!!

  • March 25, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    is such an idiot cunt she makes sarah palin look good and her husband spencer is a bigger douche than eminem probably sucks more dick than eminem too!!!

  • March 25, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    hard to call someone an idiot

    by Volstaff

    when you can't even spell the word "fuckers". Just saying.

  • March 25, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by bobbofatz

    Dont take away my Hills!!!!!!

  • March 25, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Is anyone watching either of these Showtime series?

    by fiester

    I don't think they are. It's painful how many crappy projects get approved by the big cable premium channels.

  • March 25, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Lando Griffin

    My wife watched the first seasons of Nurse Jackie and Tara so I would catch them here and there and I could just never get hooked. They were those types of cable shows that were quirky and "R rated" just for the sake of it.

  • March 25, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    NURSE JACKIE is decent...if nothing else, miles better than HawthoRNe. TARA was interesting for a short bit in the first season and then it just collapsed under its own "quirky darkness" like an indie film gone on too long. Maybe it's because the supporting cast is annoying. Should have been a one-woman Broadway show or something.

  • March 25, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    just a typo

    by JaredP

    havent you ever made a mistake

  • March 25, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by James_O'Nasty

    Take that you large band of Sodomites! Smelly buggers... uhmm... umm... BAD FUCERS!!!! <p> I told those sons of bitches! Right, Jared?

  • March 25, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Um, excuse me

    by bueno_bob

    That's sons of biches!

  • March 25, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Pretty soon...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    the first season cast of Real World will be able to reunite, in a nursing home... see what happens when people stop being polite and start sharing teeth.

  • March 25, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Admit it fellas, you know want to see that enhanced boobage. In the words of Chris Rock, those boobs are "community titties."

  • March 25, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    i wouldnt sleep with heidi

    by JaredP

    im afraid of what i might catch from her i mean talk about airheads waht is it with all these blond bimbos on reality shows lately they have miss south carolina the one who gave that garbled speech about maps a year or two ago competing on the amazing race what is it with this fascination with stupidity sarah palin the tea party why are all these getting all the recognition? isnt that the only reason people watch the hills? just to see heidi and spencer act like stupid fools?

  • March 25, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Bore-fest is right

    by I am_NOTREAL

    My wife watches that Hills shit and IT IS CRAP. I'm happy that those rich whores (both male and female) will soon be off the air, not that their bank accounts, shopping sprees, and high priced latte breaks will suffer. There's never been a more blatantly scripted "reality" show in the relatively brief history of the genre.

  • March 25, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    reality tv

    by JaredP

    is bullshit its all scripted just like anything else on tv survivor the bachelor and ill bet american idol are all scripted why they call it reality is fucking beyond me its the furthest thing from reality

  • March 25, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    is the worst purveyor of reality tv with shit like rock of love i love money flavor of love chance of love jesus christ almighty those shows have nothing to do with finding love its about who's the bigger whore granted most of the women on these shows are whores and sluts but vh1 is the worst

  • March 25, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by BixbySnyder

    I'll buy that for a dollar!

  • March 25, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Brie Larson in a bikini.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    United States of Tara has shown this before, they should make it mandatory for every episode.

  • March 25, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Thank God the Hills is Dead

    by Professor_Bedlam

    Such a crappy show like most reality TV! No Intelligence at all! Just F'ing rich kids trying to be famous but looking like Idiots!

  • March 25, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I get it JaredP

    by The Winged Doucheman

    You are trying to be ironic and clever.

  • March 26, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Pratt impoverished = Lauren Conrad sex tape leak!

    by Tall_Boy66

    Of course, wasn't he on the show cause he was a rich trust fund baby in the first place? Anyway, if someone has Lauren Conrad naughty videos, it has to be him. It'd 100% rather see her instead of Montag.

  • March 26, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST

    'Fake Reality Show' genre created by MTV

    by FlandersBum

    MTV created this whole subset of shows. Yet another reason to hate MTV and anything associated with it.

  • March 26, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Does it get any worse?

    by The StarWolf

    I only caught one episode of 'TARA' and I don't know where they get the idea of "strong woman" from a show about some idiot who deliberately refuses to take meds which would have her behave in a reasonably normal manner and, instead, spends her time humiliating her family by indulging in such amusing antics as beating up her daughter's boyfriend in public, trying to literally wash said daughter's mouth out with soap for saying a rude word, and bringing a 'black face' cake to the school bake sale. She shouldn't be praised, she should be institutionalized.

  • March 26, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I the ad for "Tara" on the side of a bus....

    by BumLove

    ...and that was enough to tell that the show is crap. Oh, look, middle-aged suburban housewife has multiple kooky. Cable stations are trying to put every twist on white middle-aged suburbia they can think of from being a desperate housewife, having multiple spouses, selling weed, cooking crystal's all bullshit.

  • March 26, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    *I saw the ad

    by BumLove

  • March 26, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Jackie is as funny as a broken leg.

    by cookylamoo

    It's hard to believe that two men want to bone Edie Falco. One season was plenty for me.

  • March 26, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Reality TV...

    by Mister_Eko complete crap, devoid of entertainment value.

  • March 26, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Mister Eko

    by The StarWolf

    If you go by the likes of SURVIVOR and all that tripe, yes. But not all reality shows are created equal. There are gems such as SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE (a.k.a. JUNKYARD WARS) where teams have to use inventive creativity to design and build gadgets or vehicles out of discarded junk and then face off to see which design is best. A lot of fun for MacGyver fans. Won't soon forget one episode where, 30 minutes before the challenge deadline, one team's welding torch set fire to their design. "Oops, time for plan 'B'." "Uh, there's a plan 'B'?"

  • March 26, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Damn, I was hoping to see more of Heidi's new breasts

    by Darksider

  • March 26, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Kaos

    Face it, White people are boring. They gotta spice up their lives somehow!

  • March 26, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Haha, true that, Darth Kaos

    by BumLove

    True say.

  • March 26, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Eff those shows, Showtime should revive Brotherhood!

    by Stalkeye

  • March 26, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Wasn't The Hills a spin-off of Laguna Beach?

    by jim

    And aren't there about a half-dozen spin-offs of that out there? Just because one head has been cut off, doesn't mean the Hydra is dead.

  • March 26, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Mister_Eko

    Face it, you're a racist.

  • March 26, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 26, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    And if there is a Spencer Bratt in AICN, I apologize...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 26, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I really meant Spencer Pratt!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 26, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Hills is barely being canceled?

    by aDINGOateCLAIRESbaby

    I thought that abortion of a show was gone after 2 or 3 years... How horribly wrong I was. I can even understand the morbid entertainment the Real World offers, but just a preview of the Hills made me want to stick a stilleto into puppies eyes. I'd probably think better of humanity if there was a show about THAT instead of prissy white folk bitching about their sex lives.

  • March 26, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    And Nurse Jackie...

    by aDINGOateCLAIRESbaby

    Has THE most annoying mug I have ever seen. Those ads with her grinning like a feminazi make me wish there was a Hills spinoff. Just another little horrible reason why I canceled my Comcast.

  • March 26, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by FilmGuy125

    Jon Cassar has confirmed so on his Twitter!

  • March 26, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    John Cassar has confirmed on his Twitter account

    by Hagioscope

    that he is committing suicide? or that he is an attention whore?

  • March 26, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Mary Lynn Rajskub also confirms 24 cancelled via Twitter

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Guess we're getting a movie!

  • March 26, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    love me some my life as liz

    by Meadowe

    I thought it was Allison Scagliotti when I first saw it, I guess theyre two completely different people.......allegedly.

  • March 27, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    i wouldnt sleep with hillary

    by Immortal_Fish

    im afraid of what i might catch from her i mean talk about airheads waht is it with all these blond bimbos on liberal shows lately they have miss new york the one who gave that garbled speech about an old woman sharing her dead sister's dentures a month or two ago competing at the blair house what is it with this fascination with stupidity joe biden the democrat party why are all these getting all the recognition? isnt that the only reason people watch the msdnc? just to see chris and keith act like stupid fools?

  • March 27, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    Speaking of cable shows, Spartacus has actually become a REALLY good show. The pilot was kinda meh, but they've developed some really intriguing storyline and characters. I can see now why Starz renewed it for a 2nd season right off the bat.

  • March 27, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by Lord Elric

    Sorry, I effing hate that POS show. A disgrace to Italians and a disgrace to the current generation. Guuidos and I wonder if it had been about African Americans or Muslims and a similar thing was done, what the reaction would have been?

  • March 27, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by nora inu

    yes spartacus is pretty awesome. like you i found the pilot borderline unwatchable but by the third episode i was shocked at how good is was and it gets better every week... this week's... wow

  • March 28, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by jim

    I too found the first episode rather weak. The cartoonish motion-comics anime-style editing tricks done during some of the fight scenes tends to take me out of the action. However, as Alientoast stated, the story and characters are intriguing. I started watching yesterday morning (thanks "On Demand") with the intent of just starting the series, view one maybe two episodes. It turned into "I'll just watch one more" after each one. Now I have to wait a whole day for episode #10. And, yeah, as nora inu said, that last episode (#9)

  • March 28, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    FUCER should become new AICN meme

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    "Harry! Where's our DVD column you Fucer!"<br /><br />"Fuc you Herc! Supernatural is an awesome show!"<br /><br />AsimovLives: "Fuc you JarJar Abrams you Fucer! Star Trek was Ratshit, Lost is Batshit and Alias is Dirty OLd Twat!"

  • March 29, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by turketron_2

    Hahaha, that show is a complete and utter train wreck starring some of the biggest douchebags on the planet but holy shit do I love it. I doubt they'll recapture the magic of the first season, but here's to them trying. "Admit it, you love The Situation... and if you don't love The Situation, he's gonna make you love The Situation."<p> I hear that they're shooting the second season on South Beach, which should be entertaining. There's no shortage of beautiful women there.<p> I accepted that MTV is terrible long ago, but Jersey Shore at least doesn't try to be anything more than it is: the adventures of egotistical douchebags "guidos" and "guidette" (holy shit, i had never fathomed that girls would ever think of referring to themselves that way) drama queens and their ridiculous antics and behavior on display. What's hilarious is most of them aren't even really Italian! I want to see more of this train wreck. SHOW ME!

  • March 29, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    turketron_2, you spelled "Fuc" wrong!

    by jarjarmessiah

    Does this change the pronunciation? Should it be "Fook"?